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Portfolios for Art and Design courses

Clearing portfolio guidance for an Art or Design programme at Bath Spa University

Please send your online electronic portfolio of creative work demonstrating your individual self-initiated practice and interests, as well as your involvement in course/project work.

We look for evidence of your interest in the relevant subject area and how it relates to your own work, how you develop and work through your ideas, and how your practice might benefit from a course of study at Bath Spa University.

Your portfolio should contain between 10-15 pieces of work and be available as a PDF document that can be attached and sent via email to bsuclearing@bathspa.ac.uk.

Please include: 

  • Your full name
  • The course you are interested in
  • Your UCAS Personal ID in the subject line of the email.

Please be assured that the guidelines are not intended to be prescriptive. We do expect, and encourage, variations in individual presentations, reflecting the variety of backgrounds and experiences of our applicants.

Some courses may also require an interview, and you will be notified of this as soon as possible following review of your portfolio.

Please find some further tips on what to include by course below.

We look forward to receiving your portfolio!

Guidance by course

BA (Hons) - Contemporary Arts Practice

Your portfolio should evidence a curiosity and energy for your intended subjects of study. We are looking for a sense of enquiry and experimentation. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the course you should include examples of some or all of the following:

  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic designs
  • Textiles
  • Photographs
  • Prints
  • Video or animations

Please also include:

  • Photographic evidence of sketchbooks
  • Colour studies
  • Written notes
  • Self-initiated work and/or project work.

BA (Hons) - Creative Arts*

*Please note, for 2018-19 this course will be merged with BA (Hons) Contemporary Arts Practice to form BA (Hons) Creative Arts Practice

Your portfolio should evidence a curiosity and energy for your intended subjects of study. We are looking for a sense of enquiry and experimentation. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the course you should include examples of some or all of the following:

  • Drawings
  • Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic designs
  • Textiles
  • Photographs
  • Prints
  • Video or animations

Please also include:

  • Photographic evidence of sketchbooks
  • Colour studies
  • Written notes
  • Self-initiated work and/or project work.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design (with Integrated Foundation Year)

All Fashion Design applicants are asked to upload a mini portfolio. We will select from these who to invite for an in person interview.

Your portfolio should show your skills, personality, potential, experimentation and commitment. We are looking for evidence of curiosity and energy for the subject.

If you are not on a course where fashion design is an option, include a personal design project that shows your design process and ideas for fashion.

Consider the layout and presentation of your work making it easy to understand. Work should be clearly organised and presented.

Folios should include:

  • Contemporary and fashion awareness
  • Ideas for fashion
  • Drawing skills
  • Personal expression
  • Creativity
  • Use of colour
  • Research
  • Fabric/textiles knowledge
  • Evidence of project work within the subject area.

At interview we would like to see work in both sketchbook form as well as in your final portfolio, so that we can see the progression of initial ideas into your final design outcome. The process is as important as the outcome.

In terms of self edit work, we are looking for quality over quantity.

BA (Hons) Art and Design (with Integrated Foundation Year)

Your portfolio should show your skills, personality, potential, experimentation and commitment. We require a maximum of twenty-five pieces.

We also recommend the following: 

  • Make your portfolio presentation easy to understand
  • Start your presentation strongly and consider your layout carefully
  • Show us the mess – the ugly – the things that didn’t work. Failure is just as interesting as success
  • End your presentation strongly
  • Include drawings, a range of sketchbooks, (where you’ve made primary researches and where you visualise ideas) and anything you’ve created outside of your present course. Remember sketchbooks are not picture books they are manuals full of experiment
  • Make sure you photograph your work well - if you are including video, please edit it to a presentable standard
  • Chronological order is not necessary.

International students

  • We welcome and invite submissions that show influences from your own culture. 

Attending an interview?

  • Keep your folder presentation clean and simple – expensive presentations are not always the best
  • We prefer size A1 or A2 sheets
  • Please avoid clear plastic wallets.

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication

Please include any or all of the following:

  • Drawing - examples of observed drawing in the studio and on location; together with examples of expressive drawing dealing with ideas and interpretation
  • Projects - evidence of project work in the area of creative problem solving and visual communication, together with your roughs and developmental work. A short summary of the brief would be helpful
  • Self-initiated work - exercises or projects you have undertaken for yourself out of personal interest or enthusiasm for a particular subject
  • Research - some examples of work should be accompanied by evidence of any research or investigation that you have undertaken in preparation for the project
  • Written work - examples of writing, for example essays or other analyses/reports or case studies
  • Materials and media - we are interested to see how you have worked with particular media, for example; photography or printmaking. Your eligibility for the course however will not be disadvantaged if these facilities have not been available to you.

BA (Hons) Photography

Please include any or all of the following:

  • Evidence of project work in the area of photographic practice
  • Roughs and developmental work in your work journals (or other formats you have used)
  • You may present work of one or many photographic genres
  • A short summary of the project brief would be helpful, but not essential
  • Self-initiated work exercises or projects you have undertaken for yourself out of personal interest or enthusiasm for a particular subject
  • Research - some examples of work should be accompanied by evidence of any research or investigation that you have undertaken in preparation for the project.

BA (Hons) - Textile Design for Fashion & Interiors

Please include any or all of the following:

  • Photographic evidence of sketch and or ideas books
  • Drawings
  • Colour work
  • Painting
  • Any creative ideas, design work in any area
  • Your own photography
  • Self initiated projects. 

These need not be textiles. For instance, you may have made jewellery, clothes, etc.

If you do have any evidence of textile work, such as print, knit, weave or stitch embroidery, please do include this in your portfolio.

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